BEATRICE – A foundation established by two sisters who grew up in the Wymore area, has provided grants of over $355,000 to various projects the past year.
The Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation funded a grant of over $59,000 to help provide fencing at a new Beatrice Humane Society Animal Shelter, and $20,000 to the Gage County Sheriff’s Office to help start a new K-9 program. A total of over $101,000 went to the City of Wymore to remodel Community Center restrooms and assist with the demolition of condemned and dilapidated buildings, in the community.
The Thomas Foundation also provided $40,000 to the Village of Pickrell for park improvements, over $25,000 to the Filley Rural Fire Department for communication upgrades, and $20,000 to the Blue Springs Ball Diamond Association for concession and storage repairs.
In addition to $50,000 going to the NET Foundation for Television, other grants benefitted the Welsh Heritage Center, the Homestead Harmonizers, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, the Village of Adams, City of Wymore and the Gage County Historical Society.
Thomas Foundation Board member Mike Willet says since the foundation’s inception in 2005, support for various projects from the foundation, now surpasses $1.92 million.
Foundation President Dean Marples said the organization’s mission statement is to support projects that benefit not only the Wymore and Blue Springs area, but all citizens of Gage County.
Martha Thomas passed away in July, 2010, while her sister Margaret Thomas passed away in April, of 2014.